* "Yoga and Mindfulness," a free workshop and dinner. is Tuesday, May 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Springhill College on the lawn behind the College. Dinner, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Environmental Studies Center Spring Open House is Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families are invited to the 500-acre property that is the Mobile County School System's Environmental Studies Center. Enjoy a day of walking trails, native wildlife exhibits, animal presentation, planetarium shows, food, and fun. All proceeds from concessions and all donations go to wildlife care. Admission to the event is free; the Center is at 5101 Girby Road; parking is at nearby Burns Middle School. For more information, call 251-221-5000.
* At Dauphin island, Guardian Angels of the Thin Blue Line will be hosting the "Helping to Hold the Line" Rally on May 5, noon-2 p.m. Organizers are asking the community to participate. The purpose of the event is to "Bridge the Gap" between the community and law enforcement officers showing support for all they do, not just time of tragedy. For more information, call Lily Ryan, 251-402-4933.
* St. Mary Catholic School Casino Night presents "Southern Steeplechase!" on Saturday, May 5, 6 p.m. until... This 28th Annual event features food and enternment, games with celebrity hosts, and live and silent auctions! This year's theme calls for a Night at The Derby, Southern Steeplechase Style. Guests can mingle with local celebrities at the blackjack tables (no exchange of money, all in the name of fun) and dine Derby style with some of your favorite Southern Dishes. Contact the school office at 251-433-9904 or the parish office at -251-432-8678 or email email@example.com
* Mobile Public Library celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month with a screening of the PBS series "The Story of the Jews," Episodes 3 & 4 is Sunday, May 6, 1:30 p.m. Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street
* Junior League of Mobile Community Collaboration is Monday, May 7, 7:30-9 a.m. Junior League of Mobile, 57 N Sage Ave, Mobile. Tickets are available at www.juniorleaguemobile.org. .The Speaker will be Vicki Clark. Other information about the event is as follows: Breakfast served; Open to community non-profit agencies and all JLM members; Free, seating is limited so preregistration is required; Members receive Leadership Academy credit. For more informastion, contact Amanda Gonzales ast 251-463-9342 firstname.lastname@example.org
* Place your Order Now! Chickasaw Football Rib Fundraiser is Friday, May 11. The cost is $20 a slab. Pick-up is at noon on the 11th, and there are two locations--Chickasaw High School or Fountain of Life Church. To place an order, call 251-689-8790.
? * Help Me Grow Alabama--Learning Disabilities--a Parent’s Guide to Getting Good Care is Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-noon at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street
* Autism Friendly Day with the Mobile BayBears is scheduled for Sunday, May 13 at 2:05 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Bros. Blvd. The community is invited to join the Autism Society of Alabama (ASA) for Autism Friendly Day at Hank Aaron Stadium on Sunday, May 13th as the Mobile BayBears take on the Birmingham Barons. ASA will be providing a limited number of FREE tickets to families. For tickets or questions about the event, contact email@example.com or call 251-259-5553.
* A Family Health Fair at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, is Wednesday, May 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Organizers say, "Don't let the name fool you; there'll be something for everyone." They are still booking vendors and are working on a carnival style event with vendors providing an activity at each table, keeping it fun while getting valuable information about services available. There'll be lots of door prizes and give-a-ways. For more information, see Grand Bay Community Center facebook.
Spring Flings, Spring Breaks and Spring Festivals:
* St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 6625 Three Notch Road, Mobile and St. Vincent's Church is inviting the public to "Come out and join us on May 20, 2018 for some family fun. There will be games, music, food, prizes, and much more!! Come rain or shine, it will be an event to enjoy."
Runs, Walks, biking events and paddles:
* The Mobile Sports Authority - Tour de Bay event is Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6. On Saturday, May 5, the Alabama State Criterium Championship will begin at 10 a.m. and the Start and Finish lines will be on Dauphin St. at N. Warren St. The Ride on Sunday, May 6, at 8 a.m. will begin and end at Serda’s Brewing Co. Riders can choose one of the two distances for the Ride: 60 Kilometers Fondo (37.28 miles) or a 22 Mile Fun Ride. Regardless of the distance, the Ride will take participants throughout Mobile County.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations, writing:
* "Write it! Publish it!" will be on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, May 9-May 30.at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. Instructors will be Gail Gehlken and Sue B. Walker.
Participants in this class can earn how to submit their works for publication in literary e-zines and journals. They can preview the guidelines for submitting to state and local contests. And how to make decisions on wheter they should you use electronic submission or snail mail. This course is a companion offering to the Writing In Nature series taught by the Gehlken and Walker.
* The Propeller Club – Port of Mobile will sponsor the 21st Annual Rufus B. Lee Gumbo Cook Off , Friday, May 18th from 5-8 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park. Proceeds from this event will benefit GulfQuest (National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico), Mobile’s maritime museum located at 155 South Water Street, Mobile. Children younger 15 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.
* Mobile Country Music Association's 32nd Annual Reunion is Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at MCMA, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw. Tickets by eventbrite.
* The 5th Annual Dauphin Island Sunset Cruise Car Show is Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Green Park next door to Ship and Shore. For information, call the City,
Stage and film:
* "The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," opens May 11 at Playhouse in the Park and runs through May 27th on weekends. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Performances will be at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive, across from the Mobile Museum of Art in Langan Park. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens, and reservations can be made at 251-602-0630. For more on the Playhouse and upcoming performancs, as well as acting, music and dance classes, visit www.playhouseinthepark.org or on the Playhouse Facebook pagel
* "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" opens May 11th and will run through May 27 on weekends. Fridays and Saturday, the show goes on at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, the curtain opens at 2 p.m. General Admission ($18.75) and Child/Student/Military/Senior(60+) ($15.75.) performances are at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquis Street, Chickasaw. Ticket information is at cctshows.com.
* The next Mobile Mystery Dinners performance is "Murder on the Group Tour" on Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at Mobile's Renaissance River Hotel, Grand Bay Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required; call Lisa Russell at the hotel, 251-415-3092 ir email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $59 per person plus tax, which includes 2.5 Hours of Entertainment by the MMD Players; A Delicious Buffet Meal by the Chef at Renaissance Riverview Hotel; Free Self Parking in the Parking Garage and Unlimited Red and White Wine starting at 6:30 until the end of the performance. A cash bar is also avaiilable.
* Joe Jefferson Players production of "Ragtime" will be on the following dates: June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. and June 3, 10, 17 at 2 p.m.
* "Thursday Evenings at the Gardens"--Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, will stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays through May 17th ( May 3.) The public is invited to " Come out and enjoy a late afternoon stroll, or just sit and watch the sun set.)
* Mobile Botanical Gardens' "Getting Bogged Down! Making a Pitcherplant Bog Planter" is May 5, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon at MBG MarketPlace, 5151 Museum Drive. MBG says, "We’ve all heard the fascinating stories about insect-eating plants and it may surprise you to know they are local, native plants! Join us at the Gardens to learn more about these botanical curiosities, where they grow, and how you can take them home with you." The workshop will include a presentation about carnivorous plants.
* The Second Thursday Walk with the Curator at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is May 10, 10 a.m.-noon
* National Public Garden Day Celebration at Mobile Botanical Gardens is Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mobile Botanical Gardens is at 5151 Museum Drive. People of all ages are invited to experience the beauty, wonder and educational opportunities at MBG, 5151 Museum Drive. They are welcome to come tour the Gardens, participate in botanical art projects, make a print of some of the plants, learn about opportunities and activities going on, and engage with the close-knit community around the Gardens. Tickets casn br found online at mbgrebloomshop.com. Cost is $5/Adults, $3/Children ages 4-18. All proceeds will benefit the MBG Botanical Arts program
* Splinter Hill Bog Bus Trip planned by Mobile Botanical Gardens is May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Those attending should meet at the MBG parking lot. Guests can explore the Splinter Hill Bog with Fred Nation and discover the many unique and fascinating plants that grow there. Those attennding will depart by bus from MBG at 9 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. Boxed lunch from Panera will be included. MBG Members: $50 NonMembers: $65. Fred Nation is a field botanist, environmental consultant, free-lance phototographer and writer.
* District 3 Operation Clean Sweep is Saturday, May 5, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.at 4304 Bay Road in the Fowl River Community. For a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, see event site of or call 251-574-7887.
History/historical exhibits and activities:
* Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile is Friday, May 4, 6-9 p.m. at History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street, 2nd Floor, Mobile. The event is to celebrate the 2018 Griot Award Recipient and Pulitizer Prize winner, Cynthia Tucker. Tickets are availble at www.dffaaht.org.
* 2018 Semmes Heritage Day is Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road. Featured will be music and entertainment, arts & crafts, vintage fashion show, Camellia Maids, exhibits and demonstrations and family fun. Lunch plates will be available for a $5 donation. New this year will be Semmes Bicentennial Art Show at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road. Heritage Day is a sanctioned AL200 event. For more information, see thesemmesheritagepark.com/blog and on Facebook.
* Drawing Demystified with Matthew Thompson is scheduled for Fridays, May 4 - June 8, 1 - 4 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. This is an introductory course for students wishing to further their drawing abilities. Students will learn how to accurately draw what they see using techniques such as measurement drawing, contour line drawing and blind contour drawing with one-on-one attention from the instructor. Students will learn to approach drawing as a skill that can be learned, rather than as an inherent talent.
* Cuban Festival at Mobile Museum of Art is Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m-5 p.m.. This first everCuban Festival celebrates the shared cultures of Mobile and its sister city, Havana, Cuba. MMoA invites all ages to a day full of family activities to experience Cuban culture and to enjoy "COMMON GROUND: Photographs of Havana and Mobile." The MMofA special exhibition features photographs of shared characteristics seen in two sister cities, through the lens of photographers Chip Cooper and Julio Larramendi.
* Dauphin Island's "art does it" is holding a Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2-5 p.m. at the gallery, 1101 Bienville Boulevard. The opening features painter Victoria Stewart and mann other gallery artists.
* "ART TALK: Arielle Masson" is Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Art lovers are invited to "Join us for an art talk with Arielle Masson, one of the nine artists featured in MMofA's special exhibition, HOUSTON ARTISTS: Gestural and Geometric Abstraction.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens "Garden Sketch Club" will be every Friday through June 1 at 2 p.m. MBG is at 5151 Museum Drive. For this Sketch Club, all levels of experience are invited. General admission is $5 for non-members.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens presents The Art of Celebrating History, A Six-Week Course: Fridays, May 11-June 15, 10 a.m.-noon. This botanical art studio class designed for the student to create, during the six week class, a series of three individual botanical flower drawings/paintings. Each work will be inspired by a red, a white and a blue flower. And all students will have the opportunity to work in the medium of their choice. From graphite, colored pencil, gouache, watercolor, including English-dry brush to pen and colored inks.
A few senior events:
* Chickasaw Senior Adults Lunch Outing will be to Off the Hook Restaurant on Friday, May 4th. Call Stephanie Stewart, 251-452-6464 for details and reservations.
* Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 4, 6-9 p.m.; tickets are $5.
* Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast is Monday, May 7, 7:30 a.m. at the Civic Center. The cost of the breakfast is $3.
* Chickasaw Senior Adults have a trip to Estuarium/Sea Lab planned for May 15. The van will depart from the Civic Center at 8:30 a.m.; $12 cash. Call 251-452-6462 for reservations.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* Star Wars Day at Ben May! for all ages is Friday, May 4, 3-5:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. May the 4th Be with You--attend an afternoon screening of Rogue One at 3:30 p.m. Watch a demonstration on how to build your own Lightsaber, then enter a drawing to win it. Visit the Mayker Lab for a special Star Wars 3D printing project, and so much more! Dressing up as your favorite Star Wars character is encouraged. For more information, call the reference department at 25108-7079, or email email@example.com.
* May the 4th Star Wars Party for all ages is Friday, May 4, 4 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road. Everyone is invited to "Come join us for Star Wars themed activities and snacks. Complete the Star Wars Scavenger Hunt and be entered into a drawing for a Lightsaber. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character! Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 251-340-8671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Mystery Monday for Boys & Girls Ages 6 to16, Monday, May 7, 3:15 p.m. will be a screening of the film "The Wild Life." The film will be shown at Parkway Branch Library, 1924 Dauphin Island Parkway. For more information, calol 251-470-7766.
* Tuesday, May 22, 10-11 a.m. is Archaeology Story Time: The Pot that Juan Built at the USA Archaeology Museum at 6052 USA Drive South. " Admission to this event is FREE, but space is limited to 20 children. Email email@example.com to secure your spot. An RVSP to this event page does not count as official registration. Parents or guardians must remain with their children through the duration of the event.
* A 50’s Sock Hop & End of the School Year Party: Family Fun! is Thursday, May 24, 6-8 p.m., at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. Those attending can dance to the music of the 50’s, enter a Hula Hoop competition, make their own glitter reading glasses, and enjoy a special screening of the movie,"Back to the Future." Movie runs 116 minutes and is rated PG. Root Beer Floats & Popcorn will be served. For more information, call 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Saturday Disney Adventure Movies - Family Favorites features "Treasure Island" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library, 4 S McGregor Avenue. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m.
. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
Chambers of Commerce:
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce luncheon on May 2, noon-1 p.m. will celebrate the Small Business of the Year. The three finalists are Georgia Roussos Catering, United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile and Mobile Lumber & Millwork. The winner will be announced at the luncheon. Guest Speaker will be Sen. Bill Hightower. Luncheon sponsors will be Delta Disaster Services and Legal Shield Business Solutions with the luncheon catered by Naman's. RSVP is required due to the high number expected to attend, contact the office 251.666.2488. The Chamber meeting is at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
* Qnibee and Union Church Indian Hills, 5402 Lott Road in Eight Mile, welcome all political casndidates to speak live and direct with voters of Alabama. The forum is Saturday, May 5, 1 p.m. Emcee for the event will be Charles W. Talbert. Other special guests will be Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Sen Tripp Pittman. Refreshment will be served. There will be a $50 fee for all candidates who wish to speak. Other enter free, but donations are gratfully accepted.
* A Candidate Forum is planned for Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. at Semmes Community Center, 10141 Moffett Road. Email question for candidates to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Arts and Crafts
National Day of Prayer:
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is observing National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, 7 a.m. with a Prayer Breakfast at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. For more information, call 251-666-2488.
* The Town of Dauphin Island is holding a National Day of Prayer ceremony on the front lawn of Town Hall on Thursday, May 3 at noon. Everyone is invited.
* City of Semmes observation of National Prayer Day is Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. at Honor Park on Wulff Road
* Women's Resource Center, asks citizens to "join us at the Saraland or Downtowner locations as we pray for our nation, state, city and communityNational Day of Prayer - Thursday, May 3rd Please invite your friends and join us at the Saraland or Downtowner location as we pray for our Nation, State, City, and Community! If unable to attend please join us in prayer where you are. We will be praying from 11:30-12:30. Hope to see you!
Congratulations, Thank You/Good Job Dept.
* Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Semmes Woman’s Club officers. Vinetta Tucker, Parliamentarian; Linda Smith, Treasurer; Sandra Hillman, Corresponding Secretary; Gwen Pritchard. Recording Secretary; Vecie Taitm Vice President and Dani Dyess- President